Often we do not realize that much of our identity is based on our cultural foundation. Most of us are confident that we know how to operate in our daily lives—in familiar settings. We know our professional culture: how to complete our daily work, how relationships ought to be carried out, how to make small talk around the “water cooler.” We are familiar with ...

When my daughter lived in Hawaii, she worked with a non-profit that had a friendship and feeding ministry with homeless and low-income people.  Their ministry included interacting with the people they served, which was described as talk story.

We first arrived in Morocco with two little boys, ages three and five, in tow. Imagine the scene — piles of suitcases, hungry children, sleep-deprived parents.

Greetings from the beautiful farmland of North Africa!

When I first moved overseas fifteen years ago, I was told over and over, “You are going into a new culture.  Be a learner.  You don’t know this culture.  Be a learner.”  Over and over…

 At IDEAS, we value and believe that community is formed by intentional relationships, and is the context in which we collaborate, work, serve and care.